Newport-Mesa Unified's four comprehensive high schools ranked in the top 5% of schools in the country, according to a national journal.
The U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best High Schools ranked Corona del Mar the second-best school in Orange County with a gold medal. Costa Mesa, Estancia and Newport Harbor received silver medals, and Early College High School, where students take college courses concurrently, was given a bronze medal.
"I think [the rankings] are very representative of the hard work going on at those schools," said Charles Hinman, assistant superintendent of secondary education. "The fact that Costa Mesa, Estancia and Newport Harbor are all silver says a lot about the hard work those schools are doing. Obviously, Corona del Mar is a little ahead of the game, but, you know, that's a mark for everyone to shoot for."